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Looking for as-hypoallergenic-as-possible fabric
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Date: 7/7/14 0:33 AM

I have extremely sensitive skin and have had trouble finding good quality 100% cotton underwear that I am not allergic to (hope that's not TMI!).

I'm planning to make my own (I've never sewn underwear but have read that it's fairly simple to do?) and am wondering if anyone has recommendations for 100% cotton (anything with lycra doesn't work) fabric that is breathable, organic, and unbleached. I've done some searches online and saw that Pima cotton is recommended, but I can't find any sources online for it. Anyone have recommendations for cottons and reliable online sources? Thanks in advance!

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Date: 7/7/14 1:52 AM

Have you seen this thread? If you scroll down in the first post Anne has categorised some fabric sources, including natural & organic.
My first thought (assuming you're in the US) was Dharma or Near Sea Naturals as I've heard them recommended, but you may find other sources if you go through the list & search for reviews. I haven't ordered from any of them, so I can't offer personal experience.

I think 100% cotton interlock would be a good underwear choice, it has more give than jersey.

Hope you find something comfy!


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Date: 7/7/14 5:42 AM

Check out Organic Cotton Plus. I haven't ordered from them yet but I did get a sample book and their fabric looks really nice.

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Date: 7/7/14 8:22 AM

I think Near Sea Naturals might be your best bet for organic knit fabrics. Underwear can be easy to make, with the proper pattern adjustments and notions on hand, I can get a couple of pairs done in under an hour from cutting to wearing. Are you looking for elastic as well? I get my supplies from Sew Sassy, they sell latex free elastics. I hope you are able to find all the items you need for this project.

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Date: 7/7/14 8:23 AM

It looks like Organic Cotton Plus merged with Near Sea Naturals.

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Date: 7/7/14 11:39 AM

Thanks for the link, Mel.J! I'd looked in the forums under "underwear" but not under "fabric sources," so that's very helpful. And yes, I'm in the US.

It sounds like Organic Cotton Plus/Near Sea Naturals is the best bet. I'll email them to see which of their fabrics they'd recommend.

I hadn't started looking into elastics yet, minggiddylooloo. I just peeked at the Sew Sassy site and see that they have lots of options. Is there a specific kind of latex-free elastic you recommend? I just don't like anything that leaves indentations in my skin, but it looks like their latex-free elastic is "covered" in fabric, to prevent this?

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Date: 7/7/14 4:51 PM

Natural, 100% silk jersey. It is naturally hypoallergenic, has a mechanical stretch (you don't need elastic), and it dries very quickly and wicks moisture away. It' is also very, very comfortable and you can can machine wash with your favorite allergen free agent, and even a little vinegar in there can help for extra measure.

My other fav is "stretch silk charmeuse", but in your case I'm going to say no on it since it has 5% elastin.

Yes cotton is great, but takes FOREVER to dry... not good for that "bread" thing. lol

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Date: 7/7/14 11:50 PM

Thanks, Catina! I emailed Organic Cotton Plus, and they replied right away with lots of recommendations, including a silk/hemp jersey blend. They don't have 100% silk jersey, but I ordered swatches of the blend and of their other recommendations and am eager to receive them. Do you have an online source you use for 100% silk jersey fabric?

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Date: 7/8/14 0:35 AM

try Thai Silks

The silk/hemp blend from Cotton Plus should be nice, but the hemp can also take a while to dry. Perhaps line the crotch with a piece of 100% silk if for some reason the silk/hemp doesn't fully work for you.

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Date: 7/8/14 11:10 AM

I don't have problems with latex so I have never used their latex-free elastics. If that is not a problem for you, I highly recommend their fold over elastics for the leg openings. I have also found I prefer regular edged elastics (e.g. no scallops or fancy edges) for my underwear waists, but that's a personal choice. I have my regular cotton underwear and then when I want to wear something "racier" I have panties made from wide stretch lace. Maybe I'll find a happy medium one day and add some lace trim to spice up the comfy cotton ones. LOL

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